Engineers will say Metrodome needs a new lid

Engineers are expected to inform the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission that the Metrodome roof cannot be repaired today.

According to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, they will explain that after a review and inspection of the facility, it is recommended the entire roof be replaced. That’s an endeavor that will cost about $18 million.

The Metrodome roof will have to be repaired in order for the Minnesota Vikings to call the joint home during the 2011 season. It is the final year of the team’s lease in the building. The Vikings have already sent out season-ticket invoices for 2011, which is under an assumption 10 home games (counting preseason) will be played at the Metrodome. For the second time in three years the franchise did not raise ticket prices.

It is expected that insurance will cover the cost of a new roof. What isn’t known is how the team’s bid for the new stadium will go in the state legislature this spring. That’s the true key to the Vikings remaining in the land of 10,000 lakes well beyond 2011.

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